10th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference to Address Economic Divide

February 25, 2019—Newark, OH — According to a recent article in the Newark Advocate, Licking County has seen a spike in homelessness. The Licking County Coalition for Housing's annual Point in Time homeless count recently revealed a total of 198 individuals, but the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development suggests the actual number is likely 2.5 to 3 times greater.* Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark's Community Intercultural Relations Committee will hold the 10th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference with the aim to bring our community together to develop a critical awareness of the economic challenges of today that are factors in such recent spikes in homelessness and impoverishment in Licking County and beyond.

The conference, A Cultural Divide: Social and Economic Challenges, will be held on April 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the John Gilbert Reese Center located at 1209 University Dr., Newark, OH 43055. Throughout the day, speakers will present on topics pertaining to current economic challenges, share personal experiences and educate participants through engaging activities.

The conference will feature both locally and internationally known speakers and a panel of experts who have experience living in poverty or working with those living in poverty. Participants will learn about the complexities that challenge not only our most vulnerable but also our neighbors and family members. Takeaways will include tools and resources to help provide effective support and guidance.

Featured Speakers

CIRC 2019 Phil DeVol.jpgPhil DeVol, international consultant, Bridges Out of Poverty

"Poverty is Complex: It Demands a Comprehensive Approach"

The Bridges learning community shows us that change takes place in this order: changing mindsets about poverty and people in poverty, and then making changes at the individual, institutional and community level. Then it is time to make policy changes at the state level. There is an urgent need for Bridges communities made up of people from all classes, races, sectors and political persuasions working closely with their legislators to change policies.

CIRC 2019 Ty Howard.jpgTy Howard, founder, chair and CEO of InspiraGen Institute

"Working with Employees and Families in Poverty"

Human resource professionals, business owners, executives, managers, employees and college students will be guided to create a mental model of poverty, review poverty research, examine a theory of change and analyze through the prism of the hidden rules of class, resources, family structure and language. This session puts into words what can be done practically and successfully through the ultimate understanding, improvement and empowerment of disadvantaged employees, families, students and communities.

CIRC 2019 Fadhel Kaboub.jpgFadhel Kaboub, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and president of the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, Denison University

"A Green New Deal for Newark and Licking County: Climate Action, Social Justice and Jobs"

Dr. Fadhel Kaboub will make the case for a Green New Deal discussing what it can deliver in a state like Ohio. He will discuss a federally funded Job Guarantee Program to tackle climate change, inequality and poverty.

Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. A brief introduction to the topic from Licking County Job and Family Services Director John Fisher will be at 9 a.m. The morning session from 9 – 10:15 a.m. featuring Fisher and DeVol is free to all registrants. The remainder of the conference that includes lunch, a panel discussion and featured speakers Howard and Kaboub is $30.

Register by March 29 at go.osu.edu/interculturalrelations.

Questions may be directed to Vorley Taylor at taylor.1051@osu.edu or 740.366.9443.

The 10th Annual Community Intercultural Relations Conference is sponsored by United Way of Licking County, Denison University, DoubleTree by Hilton and Park National Bank.

*Newark Advocate article: Homelessness appears to be growing problem in Licking County

Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that's inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors.